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Burnham Lifeboat called out as
jet ski sinks in cold sea water
crew of the Elsie Francis II, Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's D-Class
lifeboat, were called out at 14:37 hours on Sunday 20th March
to rescue the young female rider of a jet ski in difficulties,
in the sea, near the Burnham lighthouse.
jet ski, whilst cruising in company with another, suffered an
acute engine failure, and was in danger of sinking.
had already begun taking water onboard when the alarm was raised
- and the Coastguard then called on the RNLI to help.
crowds of onlookers gathered along the seafront to watch the incident
unfold, as shown in our photo here.
girl, 14-year-old Rebecca Hill from Bristol, had been jet skiing
with her father.
said: "The jet ski just died on me and quickly began to take
on water. It was half under when we raised the alarm.
tried swimming a little way but found the water was so incredibly
lifeboat crew ferried the jet skier to safety, and stood by whilst
another jet ski rider towed the faulty ski back to Burnham-On-Sea
Coastguard team was on hand to comfort the girl and provide her
with a warm towel, as pictured right.
Coastguard officer Neil Mynett said: "This was a routine
rescue, efficiently carried out by the RNLI lifeboat crew."
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